1861 in sports
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1861 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- The National Association establishes the December annual meeting, a change from March, meeting twice during calendar 1860. Membership slips from 59 to 55 clubs and then the outbreak of the American Civil War in the spring sharply cuts both inter-city travel and the number of matches played in greater New York City. Some clubs practically disband.
- 18 June — Jem Mace defeats Sam Hurst in eight rounds at Medway Island to win the Heavyweight Championship of England. Hurst retires from boxing.
- John C. Heenan retains the Championship of America but there is no record of any fights involving him in 1861.
- 20 October — the first English team to tour Australia sets sail from Liverpool. The team is captained by H. H. Stephenson. No first-class matches are played.
- Most runs – Robert Carpenter 883 @ 30.44 (HS 106)
- Most wickets – Edgar Willsher 87 @ 11.65 (BB 8–27)
- The inaugural running of the Melbourne Cup in Australia is won by Archer. The Melbourne Cup is a race for three-year-olds and above, over a distance of 3,200 metres (approximately two miles).
- Grand National – Jealousy
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Nemesis
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Diophantus
- Epsom Derby – Kettledrum
- Epsom Oaks – Brown Duchess
- St. Leger Stakes – Caller Ou
- Queen's Plate – Wild Irishman
The Boat Race
- Harvard-Yale Regatta – not contested 1861 to 1863